Some are indifferent about this show and others have ranked it (or commonly used to) as one of the best ever. But from what I recall this was also the case at the time. The reason: it's one of the "history" shows - which were eventful if you were there; the show itself is average '91. This is the end of a 4-day run (the 27th is probably the best-of-run) the week band promoter Bill Graham was killed in a copter crash. The Oakland Fires tragedy had just happened, it was Halloween, the show is long, and it has a Kesey eulogy for Graham in the Dark Star. It is sometimes noted as the best "Halloween" show, fwiw (Blair wrote a great piece
about Halloween shows). There were only 7 Halloween shows after '70 - this was the last (they didn't always have the best vibes). Oddly, this was Hornsby's last west show!
First Set. Phil is on overdrive and Bruce is good - they add the best of what is otherwise an average set - particularly on the last two.
Second Set. Scarlet
is just a bit bland but the dry sound on Fire
is better-charged on the matrix. They barely hold on to Truckin'
and give guest Gary Duncan the 2nd solo on Spoonful
. His additions then uniquely color Dark Star
. Eulogizing Graham, Kesey reads E.E. Cummings, going into Drums
. Mickey stays for Space
and big-bells-weirdness with Duncan adding different sounds back into Dark Star
and The Last Time
. The rest is a bit sloppy/getting tired for everyone but Jer. Bobby doesn't bother with the All Fall Down segue for Not Fade
but the last-ever Werewolves of London
is as good as it got, with a great Duncan solo.
Overall = 3 Stars
Dark Star>Drums>Space - Worth hearing the 41min once - if it sounds like it's in your wheelhouse
Werewolves of London - Better than the rarity was usually tossed out (albeit usually just for fun, on Halloween)
SOURCES: The finney-ghost-elborgen SBD doesn't have the clarity of the gardner.2897, and for me the hinko.32241 was slightly better. The Darby.120041 is a great AUD that was used for a great matrix (loy.30699), which adds much-needed energy in places.